Mzeno I (part I movement from Ngodo of Regulo Nyakutowo) (Track)

Mzeno I (part I movement from Ngodo of Regulo Nyakutowo) (Track)

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Material sourced from the International Library of African Music. Copyright International Library of African Music.
The district of Regulo Nyakutowo lies immediately west of that of the Paramount Chief of the Chopi, Wani Zavala. The most remarkable feature of this orchestra is that it has been led for over 30 years by a blind musician, Nyapose. It is said that he went blind at about the age of 25 years, having previously worked like so many of his tribe, on the gold mines of the Witwatersrand. 'O-o Ngatu Hinge hichimugela Timbila tamakono manu tamakono manu nadila chisanu hingaguma.' 'O...Us! We want to tell you about this year's new Timbila which is so good it is killing us!' A dance in which the musicians and dancers claim that their dance will entrance the people with its beauty and delight. The words of this Mzeno, like those of the Mwemiso were recorded before the actual playing, as it is sometimes difficult to hear what the singers are saying, while the orchestra plays.
Content Type
Field recording (raw)
4 mins
Anthropologist / Ethnographer
Hugh Tracey, 1903-1977
Sub Genre
Piece, Dance
Series Number
Anthropology, World Music, Social Sciences, Music & Performing Arts, Cultural anthropology, Africa

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